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Kia Sorento vs. Kia Optima

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Sorento

$442
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Kia Optima

$411
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Kia Sorento Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $442 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average, and major issues are less frequent than average, so major repairs are not common for the Sorento.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Kia Optima Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 10th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $411 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average, and major issues are less frequent than average, so major repairs are not common for the Optima.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$442
inexpensive
expensive
$411
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.32
not often
very often
0.35
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 star
(1)
4 star
(36)
3 star
(30)
2 star
(20)
1 star
(9)
The Kia Sorento ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in electrical.
“Worst car I have ever owned. In last year $4600 on repairs now unsble to figure out what is wrong ”
“Worst car I have ever owned. In last year $4600 on repairs now unsble to figure out what is wrong ”
5 star
(7)
4 star
(21)
3 star
(15)
2 star
(4)
1 star
(2)
The Kia Optima ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in electrical.
“I got stuck buying from Dons used cars. He is a buy here pay here dealer. It is a 2004 Kia Optima and i was in a rush as they just done detailing the vehicle. So after i got the car home ...”
“I got stuck buying from Dons used cars. He is a buy here pay here dealer. It is a 2004 Kia Op...”
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